Ferraris for all: In defence of economic progress

by Daniel Ben-Ami

Policy Press | July 14, 2010 | Hardcover |

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The growth of the economy and the spread of prosperity are increasingly seen as problematic rather than positive-a trend Daniel Ben-Ami has termed "growth skepticism." Prosperity is accused of encouraging greed, damaging the environment, causing unhappiness, and widening social inequalities. Ferraris for All is a rejoinder to the growth skeptics. Using examples from a range of countries, including the US, the author argues that society as a whole benefits from greater affluence. Action is needed-but to increase abundance and spread it worldwide, not to limit prosperity, as the skeptics would have it. 
The lively and provocative hardback edition was published to widespread coverage in 2010, and triggered debate and dissent in equal measure. This much-anticipated paperback edition includes a vigorous response from the author to the spirited discussion provoked by its controversial arguments.


Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 296 Pages, 7.09 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: July 14, 2010

Publisher: Policy Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1847423469

ISBN - 13: 9781847423467

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Ferraris for all: In defence of economic progress

by Daniel Ben-Ami

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 296 Pages, 7.09 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: July 14, 2010

Publisher: Policy Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1847423469

ISBN - 13: 9781847423467

Table of Contents

List of figures, tables and boxes
List of abbreviations
Acknowledgements
Preface
Preface to the paperback edition
A note about the title

1. Introduction
Part One: The rise of growth scepticism
2. Polar opposites: supporters and opponents of growth
3. An indirect attack: the many forms of scepticism
4. Mainstream and elitist: the character of sceptic ideology
5. Narrowing horizons: why scepticism triumphed
Part Two: Counter-arguments
6. Better than ever: growth benefits humanity
7. Environment: subjugate nature
8. Happiness: conservatism in disguise
9. Inequality: development not restraint
10. New egalitarianism: redistributing pain
11. Conclusion: abundance for all

Bibliography
Index

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The growth of the economy and the spread of prosperity are increasingly seen as problematic rather than positive-a trend Daniel Ben-Ami has termed "growth skepticism." Prosperity is accused of encouraging greed, damaging the environment, causing unhappiness, and widening social inequalities. Ferraris for All is a rejoinder to the growth skeptics. Using examples from a range of countries, including the US, the author argues that society as a whole benefits from greater affluence. Action is needed-but to increase abundance and spread it worldwide, not to limit prosperity, as the skeptics would have it. 
The lively and provocative hardback edition was published to widespread coverage in 2010, and triggered debate and dissent in equal measure. This much-anticipated paperback edition includes a vigorous response from the author to the spirited discussion provoked by its controversial arguments.


About the Author

Daniel Ben-Ami has worked as a journalist specializing in economics and finance for twenty-five years, during which he has contributed to many national newspapers and specialist publications, including the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, Prospect, Sunday Telegraph, and Sunday Times. He is the author of Cowardly Capitalism: The Myth of The Global Financial Casino.

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Ben-Ami's thinking and writing is spotlessly clear but unbendingly hard.......he makes a formidable, controversial case. GetAbstract
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